Our pet companions are important members of our family. When our pets are sick or injured, we want the best possible care for them, just as we would any other family member.
Why Is Pet Dentistry Important?
Dental health is important no matter who you are. When teeth aren’t cleaned regularly, dental plaque builds up and hardens on teeth. This plaque becomes a safe haven for harmful bacteria, allowing them to flourish in the mouth. This, in turn, increases the rate of decay and painful chewing.
Because you’re here for your pet, you can take simple and practical steps like pet dentistry to keep their teeth and gums healthy well into your pet’s advanced age.
What to Expect with Professional Teeth Cleaning
Similar to your own dentist, we’re equipped with modern exam and surgical equipment designed to safely and efficiently help your pet dentistry vet perform pet dentistry procedures like:
- Oral Surgery
Unlike your visits to the dentist, a routine pet dental exam requires general anesthesia to make sure they can stay still during delicate maneuvering of the mouth and gums to release plaque and inspect pet oral health. While under, we may extract teeth that are causing pain (or will soon) to promote comfort and dental health. Our pet dentistry veterinarian will discuss this possibility with you.
After the procedure, your pet rests in observation for a couple of hours and then goes home with a care and follow-up plan, as needed.
How to Provide Pet Dental Care At Home
Home dental care is as important for pet dentistry health as it is for yours. You can do your part to keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthier at home.
First, you can train your dog to allow teeth-brushing, but if this seems out of the question, you do have a good alternative. Independent researchers have shown dog chews can reduce plaque build-up, bad breath, and the occurrence of gingivitis.
Also, be on the lookout for and tell your pet dentistry professionals if you see any of these:
- Broken, loose, missing, or blackening teeth
- Swollen or bleeding gums
- Significant tartar build-up
- Especially foul breath
- Unwillingness to eat
- Strange sounds when eating
- Chewing food in unusual ways
Pet Dentistry Veterinarian in Denver, CO
The Vet’s Animal Hospital has been a part of the North Denver and Thornton communities in Colorado since 1975. We are a full-service veterinary hospital and our veterinarian has established a strong reputation for offering quality affordable vet care. Our veterinarian treats your pets as their own and strive to provide the best veterinary care in a courteous, friendly, and professional atmosphere.